As they say, two steps forward, one step back. I mentioned last week that the rights to Thick As Thieves reverted to me and I decided to put out the second edition myself.
Here follows a miscellany of personal doings and writing updates. Please control your excitement.
My goal for the year was, I believe, to have two books out this year. That — spoiler warning — will not happen. See, there is a novel — “Boss” — complete, ready to go, and under contract. But the publisher wants a series, and wants to release the books on a tighter schedule than “whenever Ken gets around to writing them.” So I’m busily working on two sequels with the goal of releasing them all next year. That may prevent me from diving into the second draft of the “Chale Thorson” novel for the foreseeable future. Thus, 2018 may not see much published from yours truly, but 2019 will be chock-a-block.
“So how goes the writing, Ken?” I arbitrarily determine you are asking. Well, let me tell you, convenient fictional interlocutor.
I’m learning the publishing game through the time-honored method of experience. It seems that disappointment is a constant threat. I’d been expecting a release date of October 15 for my novel “Reunion.” In fact I’d relied upon the date, sending out invitations to a party to celebrate the book’s impending publication.
Lesson one: The book hasn’t been published until it’s been published. Nothing is certain.
See, I received a message from the publisher a few days after sending the invitations alerting me that the publication date was pushed back. It seems the cover artist required more time. He is creating a painting for the entire cover, front and back. The approved concept was more involved than originally anticipated so he’ll need a couple more months.